The year is 199x. It seems like a normal night in Onett, a small town in Eagleland. Sleeping in his room is a young boy named Ness, an unlikely hero. Little does he know that his journey to save the world would begin that night; the night a meteor crash landed on a hill not far from his house. As he gets up to see what's going on, his mother stops him and tells him to change out of his pajamas. He then makes his way to the meteor, where he finds the Onett Police blocking the way, and his annoying neighbor, Pokey Minch. Ness then makes his way home and goes to bed. A while later, an annoying knocking comes from his front door, where Pokey runs in screaming that his little brother Picky is missing. Once again, Ness changes out of his PJs and goes with Pokey and his dog King to find Picky.
They make their way to the meteor on top of the hill, where King gets scared and runs away. The boys find Picky sitting behind a bush, but on their way back, they are stopped in their tracks, by a fly from 10 years in the
future named Buzz Buzz. He tells Ness about his destiny, and how 3 boys and 1 girl are destined to save the future from an evil named Giygas.
On their way back, Ness and the others are attacked by Starman Jr., a being from the future, who was sent to destroy Buzz Buzz. The party takes care of the enemy, and return Pokey and Picky home. Upon returning home, Pokey's and Picky's parents get mad and discipline both boys. Then upon
seeing Buzz Buzz, Pokey's mom mistakes it for a dung beetle and swats him, just short of death.
Buzz Buzz uses his last words to tell Ness he must harness the powers from the Earth at certain places called "Your Sanctuary." He then gives Ness a Sound Stone, which is used to record the melodies from the "Your Sanctuary" locations. Upon receiving the Sound Stone, Buzz Buzz fades away, and as Ness makes his way out of the Minch's house, his adventure begins...